I would recommend this book for anyone who enjoys following the unfolding of a deeper storyline. The story is fully absorbing, but one caveat is that..Show More » if you prefer a fast-paced book peppered with exciting battles, this one may not be for you.
Sadly this book fails to live up to the promise of The Dark mirror. For me it does this for 3 main reasons:
1. There is too much romance an..Show More »d too little history for my tastes. Of course, for some this will actually be a good thing. 2. Whenever any of the main characters is in a tight spot, a just-to-convenient coincidence occurs which results in saving the day. 3. Michael Page has a rare off day as a narrator. For some reason the voice he uses for Bridei is completely different to that in the first book. I understand that 5 years
has passed, but Bridei has only changed from a 21 to a 26 year old. Michael Page makes him sound like he is 60 in this book. This is odd, because the voice he uses for other characters is consistent with book 1. Also, his voices for adult males in general is just a bit too harsh ... and they all end up sounding similar after a while.
I'll probably listen to book 3 to see how things pan out. Here's hoping for less love and more history!
The third book of this trilogy is an enjoyable, fantastic experience. It's a book that envelopes the listener into the story. The second book wa..Show More »s good too. But I fear that some people won't get to either book 2 and 3 due to book 1, which was just okay.
Because there is a lot of "review" of previous back story written into books 2 and 3, a reader that isn't obsessed with reading the complete trilogy might do better just to skip book 1.
Strangely, with other author's trilogies, usually the first book is really good and the others will not be as interesting, but with this series, the writing got tighter, the plot more intricate, and the characters and story line deeper and more complex. It's a great story.
A bit of an "ick" factor for me about 2/3rds of the way into the storyline with the choice of the character Ella, and I started to wonder if this series was being written by a man . . .
I still wish there was a little bit more fine tuning in the description of the environment, physical character appearances or changes, and use of sensory descriptions to make the listener (reader) feel the story, but books 2 and 3 did improve on that in comparison to book 1.